A new zero-down option, plus more ways to put down less on your home
This week, Bank of America announced a “no-down” mortgage program called the Community Affordable Loan Solution, aimed at closing the racial homeownership gap. It’s the latest of various no- and low-down payment mortgage options, as growing numbers of buyers seek more affordable paths to becoming homeowners.
Government-backed options such as FHA loans are among the most well-known, offering buyers more lenient credit score requirements and down payments as low as 3.5% – a good fit for many first-time homebuyers. VA and USDA loans also have varying low and no down payment options for qualified military veterans and homebuyers in rural communities.
But there are also a number of conventional options that can offer similar benefits. Fannie Mae’s HomeReady program, for example, offers first-time buyers who meet certain income requirements the option to put down as little as 3%. Fannie Mae’s standard 97% LTV mortgage offers similar terms to buyers without the income restrictions.
Other non-traditional options such as rent-to-own and down payment assistance programs can also make it possible to buy a home without having a significant down payment saved. While rates, inflation, and home prices may be out of your control, it’s exploring other tools and solutions that can help to make homeownership more affordable.
– Robert Heck, Vice President of Mortgage @ Morty
Which low-down payment option is right for me?
|Home Ready||FHA||Conventional 97|
|Min. Down Payment||3%||3.5%||3%|
|Cancellable Mortgage Insurance||✔️||No, if <10% down||✔️|
|Required Education Course||✔️||❌||✔️|
|Min. FICO score||620+||500+||620+|
|Total Loan Limit||$647,200||$420,680||$647,200|
|Qualifying Income Limit||80% AMI*||None||None|
Chart info based on the majority of typical cases.
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